Ramaswamy Says Trump Indictments Making US A Banana Republic

Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy maintained that former President Donald Trump’s indictment is making the U.S. look like a “banana republic.”

Ramaswamy, one of Trump’s 2024 challengers for the GOP presidential nominee, made the comments in a Sunday interview on ABC’s “This Week.” The business argued that Trump’s prosecutions are political and set an awful precedent for the country.

“If the Constitution permits somebody to run, and that’s the person that people of this country want to elect, then that’s the way our system works, and I stand by it. So look. I think that many of these prosecutions against Donald Trump are outright, downright politicized persecutions through prosecution that set an awful precedent for our country,” Ramaswamy. “I do not want to see us become a banana republic where the administrative police state uses police force to eliminate opponents from competition. That is not the way it works. I will pick who I believe the best next president should be.”

Ramaswamy has been very vocal in his support for Trump since the former president’s indictments started pouring early this year. The fast-rising GOP candidate has vowed to pardon Trump if he is elected to the White House. 

“The use of police force by a sitting U.S. President against his chief political rival in the midst of a presidential election sets a dangerous precedent in our country,” Ramaswamy said in a June press release. “No one is above the law: the U.S. President shouldn’t be able to use the federal police to arrest his opponents. No one should be below the law either, yet there are now two standards of justice depending on your political viewpoints. That’s the single greatest threat to our constitutional republic today.”

Ramaswamy has also urged his fellow GOP candidates to commit to Ramaswamy pardoning Trump if he is convicted. Ramaswamy noted that he and other GOP presidential hopefuls would have a clear path to the Republican ticket if Trump were eliminated. He, however, maintained that eliminating Trump with “politicized prosecutions” would be the wrong result for the country.